Jose Furito Rios
At the music business he’s known as Furito, his passion for music took him at the early age of twelve to the "Escuela Libre de Música", he alternated his studies by playing professional Latin music with the best performers of this gender. He continued music studies at University of Puerto Rico and was the fourth student in the history of The Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music that graduated from Musical Composition. He expands his horizons in Boston entering in 1986 to Berklee College of Music were he received lessons of professors like Bill Pierce, Andy Mcgee and clinics with Michael Brecker. Since 1991 Rios participated in special concerts with Puerto Rico Symphony Orquestra; "Jazz Quintet and Orquestra" 91,and other concerts with artist; Giovanni Hidalgo, Michael Camilo and Arturo Sandoval. Ríos appeared in different Jazz festivals such as "Michelob Jazz Fest" 1990-1992. He played at the "Heineken Jazz Fest" from 1991 to 2001, with different artist such as Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, Bob Mintzer, Mike Mossman, Diane Shurr, Eddie Palmieri and others. He appeared at the "Curacao Jazz Fest 1993" were he shared the stage with Paquito D’ Rivera and George Benson. Furito also works as an assistant clarinet player at Puerto Rico’s Symphony Orquestra. Ríos composes and arranges for many artist and theater plays such as, Andrés Jímenez and Ismael Miranda, Victoria Sanabria, Cano Estremera ,Lorca’s El Retablillo, Carmen and others. Furito compose the music for the movie “Costa Sur” (a Puerto Rican production). Ríos is the founder and creator of a Public Jazz Series call, “Jazzeando en la Plaza” were the public has the oportunity of listening their favorite local jazz artist perform with Furito’s quartet at the different parks of San Juan. This project and other jazz concerts are running under his production company S&R. The Time 6:38 is Furito’s first solo recording, in this exciting musical work Furito composes, arranges, plays the flute, tenor sax, alto sax, soprano and baritone and includes the performance of great artist such as David Sanchez and Jerry González. Furito is the producer and director of the “Festival de Jazz Boriquén”, the only free jazz festival in Puerto Rico, were he has directed and shared the stage with world renowned performers such as; Jane Bunnett, Eddie Gomez, Hilton Ruiz, Jerry González, Giovanni Hidalgo, David Sánchez, Papo Vázquez, Bobby Valentín, William Cepeda, John Benítez and Alon Yavnai among many others. His most recent production Cuatro al Jazz, recorded live from Boriquén Jazz Fest., is an example of the musical quality of the festival and the fusion that Ríos is bringing to jazz, in the unification of JAZZ and THE PUERTORICAN RYTHMS.